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New appointments this week in UK politics, the civil service and public affairs

New appointments this week in UK politics, the civil service and public affairs

Imogen Spencer-Dale | Dods People

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Dods People draws together a list of appointments in Westminster politics, the devolved administrations and the public affairs sector in the last week.


Houses of Parliament:

Labour Party

Tracy Brabin has been appointed Shadow Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (formerly Shadow Minister for Early Years).

Luke Pollard has been appointed Shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (formerly Shadow Minister for Fishing, Flooding and Water).

Rachel Maskell has been appointed Shadow Secretary of State for Employment Rights (formerly Shadow Minister for Rail).

Tony Lloyd has been appointed as Shadow Secretary of State for Scotland (remaining in the same role for Northern Ireland).

Emma Hardy has been appointed as Shadow Minister for Skills (formerly PPS, Exiting the European Union).

Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi has been appointed PPS to Jeremy Corbyn as Leader of the Opposition.

 

Scottish National Party

Reappointments

Ian Blackford remains as Leader.

Kirsty Blackman remains as Deputy Leader.

Patrick Grady remains as Chief Whip.

Joanna Cherry remains as Shadow Home Secretary and Justice Secretary.

Stewart Hosie remains as Shadow Secretary of State for International Trade.

Drew Hendry remains as Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

Neil Gray remains as Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions.

Stewart McDonald remains as Shadow Defence Secretary.

Carol Monaghan remains as Shadow Secretary of State for Education, and Shadow Minister for Military Personnel and Veterans.

Chris Law remains as Shadow Secretary of State for International Development.

Deidre Brock remains as Shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

Ronnie Cowan remains as Infrastructure spokesperson.

Patricia Gibson remains as Consumer Affairs spokesperson.

Chris Stephens remains as Fair Work and Employment spokesperson.

Brendan O'Hara remains as Inclusive Society spokesperson.

Lisa Cameron remains as Mental Health spokesperson.

John McNally remains as Environment spokesperson.

Moves

Alison Thewliss appointed as Shadow Chancellor (formerly Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury; spokesperson for Housing and Local Government).

Philippa Whitford appointed as Shadow Secretary of State for Exiting the EU, and remains as Shadow Secretary of State for Health and Social Care. 

Mhairi Black appointed as Shadow Secretary of State for Scotland (formerly spokesperson for Women, Equalities, Pensions and Disabilities).

David Linden appointed as Shadow Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government (formerly Deputy Whip).

Stuart McDonald appointed as Shadow Attorney General and remains as Shadow Minister for Immigration.

Gavin Newlands appointed as Shadow Secretary of State for Transport (formerly spokesperson for Northern Ireland, Wales and Sport).

Pete Wishart appointed as Shadow Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office (formerly Shadow Leader of the House; spokesperson for Constitution).

Tommy Sheppard appointed as Shadow Leader of the House of Commons (formerly spokesperson for House of Lords, Scotland Office and Cabinet Office).

Alan Brown appointed as Shadow spokesperson for Energy and Climate Change (formerly spokesperson for Transport and Energy).

Angela Crawley appointed as Shadow Minister for Defence Procurement (formerly spokesperson for Women, Equalities, Pensions and Disabilities).

Martin Docherty-Hughes appointed as Defence and Foreign Affairs team member and Parliamentary Private Secretary to Ian Blackford and remains as Industries Future and Blockchain spokesperson.

Hannah Bardell appointed as Foreign Affairs and DFID team member (formerly spokesperson for Culture, Digital, Media and Sport).

Peter Grant appointed as Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury (formerly spokesperson for Exiting the European Union).

Douglas Chapman appointed as Small Business and Innovation spokesperson (formerly spokesperson for Defence Procurement and Nuclear Disarmament.

Marion Fellows appointed as Disabilities spokesperson and remains as Deputy Whip (formerly spokesperson for Small Business, Enterprise and Innovation).

New roles

Alyn Smith appointed as Shadow Foreign Secretary.

Kirsten Oswald appointed as Shadow Secretary of State for Northern Ireland and Wales and Work, Pensions and Inclusion spokesperson.

John Nicolson appointed as Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport.

Anne McLaughlin appointed as Shadow Minister for Women and Equalities.

Angus McNeil appointed as Trade team member.

Stephen Flynn appointed as Shadow Financial Secretary to the Treasury.

Richard Thomson appointed as Business and Industry spokesperson.

Margaret Ferrier appointed as Manufacturing spokesperson.

Amy Callaghan appointed as s Pensions and Intergenerational spokesperson.

Martyn Day appointed as Public Health and Primary Care spokesperson.

Kenny MacAskill appointed as Justice team member.

Dave Doogan appointed as Agriculture and Rural Affairs spokesperson.

Stevan Bonnar appointed as Defra team member.

Owen Thompson appointed as Deputy Whip.

 

DUP

Jeffrey Donaldson elected as Westminster Leader (formerly Chief Whip).

Sammy Wilson elected as Chief Whip.

 

Government Departments:

Northern Ireland Office

Madeleine Alessandri has been appointed as the new Permanent Secretary at the Northern Ireland Office, replacing Jonathan Stephens after a handover period.

Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

The National Heritage Memorial Fund - René Olivieri appointed as interim Chair of the National Heritage Memorial Fund until 1st July.

Cabinet Office

Grenfell Tower Inquiry Panel - Thouria Istephan and Benita Mehra appointed as members.

Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Faye O’Connor has been appointed Her Majesty’s Ambassador to the Oriental Republic of Uruguay in succession to Ian Duddy.

Emma Hopkins has been appointed Her Majesty’s Ambassador to the Kingdom of Denmark.

 

Devolved Authorities:

Northern Ireland Assembly

Liz Kimmins replaced Megan Fearon as Sinn Féin MLA for Newry and Armagh.

Deirdre Hargey replaced Máirtín Ó Muilleoir as Sinn Féin MLA for Belfast South.

Sinead McLaughlin replaced Colum Eastwood as SDLP MLA for Foyle.

Diane Dodds replaced Carla Lockhart as DUP MLA for Upper Bann.

Andrew Muir replaced Stephen Farry as Alliance MLA for North Down.

Matthew O’Toole replaced Claire Hanna as SDLP MLA for Belfast South.

Naomi Long returned as Alliance MLA for Belfast East.

Northern Ireland Government

Northern Ireland Water Board - Peter McNaney reappointed to the board, Belinda Oldfield, Marie-Thérèse McGivern, Patrick Larkin and Maurice Bullick appointed from 1st February.

CAFRE College Advisory Group - Esther Skelly-Smith, Malcolm Emery, Nicholas Cowan and Roy Lyttle appointed as members for a three-year period.

Northern Ireland Housing Executive - Allan Bresland, Catherine Elattar and Michael Ruane and Amanda Grehan appointed to the board.

National Assembly for Wales

Nick Ramsay was suspended by the Conservative group; the suspension is being reviewed.

 

Local Authorities:

Lincolnshire County Council - Debbie Barnes appointed Chief Executive.

 

Industry

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Interest Groups

National Citizen Service Trust – Mark Gifford to become Chief Executive on 2nd March, replacing Michael Lynas.

Unicef UK - Sacha Deshmukh to become Chief Executive in April, replacing Mike Penrose.

Bowel Cancer UK - Genevieve Edwards to become Chief Executive in February, replacing Patrick Figgis who had been in the role on an interim basis.

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